Regie: Philipp Jedicke • Deutschland, 2018 • 88 Min • Sprache: English, German with Engilsh subtitles.
Chilly Gonzales is a Grammy-winning composer,
virtuoso pianistand entertainer. Criss-crossing
between rap, electro and solo piano music,
he became the outrageous pop performer who
invited himself to the ivory tower of classical
music. The eccentric artist inspires and collaborates with the likes of Feist, Jarvis Cocker, Peaches,
Daft Punk and Drake.
The cinematic documentary Shut Up and Play the Piano follows Gonzales from his native Canada to late 90’s underground. Berlin, and via Paris to the world’s great phiharmonic halls. It dives deep into the dichotomy of Gonzales’ stage persona, where self-doubt and megalomania are just two sides of the same coin.
The playfulness of Gonzales’ character is mirrored in the look of the flm. Using Gonzales’ extensive video archive in a rather unorthodox manner, Shut Up And Play The Piano explores his persona by interweaving newly shot interviews and concert scenes with fctional materials of totally diferent time periods. Reality and fction blur together as we embark on a trip through Chilly Gonzales’ world.
Screening late nights at Wolf on 5. & 6. October